Monthly Archives: June 2018

Leave No Trace – Film Review

Despite having grown up in the affluent suburbs of the nation’s capital, if there’s one thing clear about director Debra Granik it’s her reverence for rural America and the people who live there, particularly for those who chose to live off the grid. In 2010’s outstanding Winter’s Bone, it was the backwoods of the Ozarks. […]

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School of Rock The Musical – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

How is it, some may ask, that a Broadway musical so American in its setting, humor, and style would come from such British theatrical stock? Those who follow theatre may already know, but many who turn up for School of Rock The Musical based solely on how much they enjoyed the 2003 movie of the […]

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Annie – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre at Herberger Center Theater, Phoenix

When something works, and works as well as it does here, the temptation to return is unavoidable. Besides, there’s a difference when you’re the Valley Youth Theatre and you’re returning to Annie. Each new presentation of the show brings a whole new generation of both cast members and audiences alike who have never before seen the […]

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Tag – Film Review

If the idea of a film about a group of guys who drop everything, their careers, their families, their whole lives, and play an obsessive game of tag for one month, every year, sounds like a lame-brained idea for a comedy – we’re talking the whole film – then you may be right; except for […]

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Incredibles 2 – Film Review

It may be fourteen years since the surprisingly fabulous adventure of Disney’s collaboration with PIXAR, The Incredibles, was first revealed, but there’s no time lost in the story-telling of the sequel; Incredibles 2 takes off almost at the point where the original left off. It’s three months later, and before there’s a chance to catch […]

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Ocean’s 8 – Film Review

Much of the marketing for director Gary Ross’ all-female ensemble cast of the heist comedy Ocean’s 8 refers to the film as being the fourth in the Ocean’s series. It’s really a spin-off. And given how the story concludes, depending on box-office reception and overall popularity, the whole thing will no doubt continue to spin […]

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